Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema is abnormal swelling caused by lymphatic fluid build-up in body tissues.

This chronic condition results from damage to the lymph system caused by surgical removal of the lymph nodes, radiation therapy, traumatic injury, chronic venous insufficiency or genetic malformations. Swelling most often occurs in the arm or leg; however lymphedema can develop in the chest, back, neck, face, abdomen or genitals. Early assessment and treatment are key factors in preventing long-term complications and improving function.

Lymphedema Therapy Rehabilitation Services

The staff at our Center includes physical therapists, certified in complete decongestive therapy (CDT), who utilize progressive techniques to reduce lymphedema and educate patients in appropriate self-management skills.

Our program includes:

  • Initial evaluation by a certified therapist
  • An individually-designed treatment plan using:

    - Manual lymph drainage: a gentle massage to stimulate the lymphatic system
    - Compression bandaging and compression garments
    - Patient education, including skin care and precautions
    - A home program, including self management skills and appropriate exercises

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact 973.322.7293